Leftists Call For National Anthem To Be Replaced Over “Blatantly Racist” Lyrics”
On Wednesday, Yahoo music editor, Lydnsey Parker, argued in a column that “It might be time to finally replace ‘The Star Spangled Banner’” because of its “blatantly racist” connotations, according to The Hill.
Parker attempted to support her radical claim by citing historians and activists who pointed to the national anthem’s composer, Francis Scott Key’s, ties to anti-abolitionists and an often-unsung third stanza about slaves.
Human-rights activist Kevin Powell told Yahoo that Francis Scott Key, a lawyer who prosecuted abolitionists, “did not believe in freedom for all people.” “And yet, we celebrate him with this national anthem, every time we sing it,” Powell said.
Online petitions have also collected signatures to change the national anthem, including change.org’s “Change America’s National Anthem from ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ to ‘America The Beautiful.’ (A Civil Rights Issue).”